Category: Classroom Technology
As the academic year closes, it’s time to sharpen the saw, reconnect with colleagues, and network with our BU community and education vendors at the 11th Annual BUMC McCahan Education Day on May 25th. This year’s theme is Interactive Learning and we have a charismatic keynote speaker, Dr. Colin Montpetit visiting from the University of Ottawa. He will model our theme and speak about his experience transforming his teaching style from a ‘sage on the stage’ lecturer to an engaging facilitator. The day includes workshops, lunch, vendor networking time, a Medical Campus Deans’ Panel on Innovations in Teaching, a poster session, awards and oral presentations. Register for the entire day or just part of it. Check out this year’s Schedule of Events. The event will be held in the Hiebert Lounge on the 14th floor of the School of Medicine Instructional Building at 72 East Concord Street (just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the BUS stop on Albany Street) and it runs 8am-3:30pm. Registration is now open for BU faculty, staff, and students. We hope to see you there.
There has been a lot of buzz recently about an approach to presenting video content known as “in-video quizzing.” In-video quizzing involves inserting questions into pre-existing videos to periodically check the viewer’s understanding of what is being presented and/or as a more formal approach to assessment using video as the medium. Moreover, integrating quiz questions into videos is a way of creating more interaction between the typically passive viewer and the material, making for a more engaging experience. There are more and more tools appearing on the market that allow this functionality.
One tool that allows free use of their software with only a few features locked for premium subscription users is Zaption. With a free account, you can:
- Watch as many video lessons as you like
- Create your own video lessons using 6 interactive elements with a single video
- Share lessons with your students and colleagues
- Track viewer progress and responses with built-in analytics
- Copy and edit ready-to-use video lessons from the Zaption Gallery
As implied, there are other features available if you become a paying customer including LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) integration into Blackboard, but the free tools allow you to experiment quite a bit. Zaption’s Web-based service requires no installation and their interface is friendly and easy to use. A handful of BU faculty have begun to use Zaption in their online courses, but it is clear that it can be used in any course where students will be asked to watch video content outside of class. In-video quizzing can be a great way to capture students’ feedback or level of understanding of material presented in video form.
The Educational Technology, Training and Outreach group in IS&T is looking to fill two new positions: an educational technologist supporting our LMS (currently Blackboard although alternatives are being considered), and a combined platform-administrator and educational-technologist position for a new video-streaming system.
In addition, we expect to have another educational technologist position open later this year, relating to lecture capture and audience response systems. If you apply for the LMS position, you can be considered for that position as well (if you are willing to start later). Please forward this invitation to anyone whom you think might be interested in any of these positions.
Interested in capturing your lectures on video? The University of Ottawa is hosting a free webinar on the lessons from their more than six years’ experience with lecture capture technology, and from their use of learning analytics. The webinar will be September 23 at 2pm EDT. Their press release promises to discuss the following:
- How a single early adopter transformed a lecture capture experiment into a world-class operation reaching more than 15,000 users per term, with an 88% satisfaction rate
- See how lecture capture can help low-achieving students improve outcomes by as much as half a letter grade
- Find out how video usage analytics reveals the differences between “deep learners” and “surface learners” in their study habits
- The secret to inspiring a +90% class participation rate and the drastic post-test learning gains resulting from active learning
uOttawa uses the same Echo360 technology we use at BU, so their lessons are likely to be directly applicable. Register to participate in the event.
Faculty are invited to a session to learn more about TurningPoint 5, the audience response (clicker) solution currently supported by IS&T. Whether you are a current TurningPoint user, or someone interested in learning more about audience response systems, this session will be informative and interesting. We will end the session with Q & A and new users will have an opportunity to pick up a starter instructor kit. Please spread the word to any of your colleagues who might be interested in TurningPoint 5.
Lunch will be provided.
Topic: TurningPoint 5 and ResponseWare — Demo and Q & A (Lunch will be provided)
Presenter: Jeff Mihok, Senior Account Executive for Turning Technologies
When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: Charles River Campus – Hariri Seminar Room room MCS-180 (111 Cummington Mall)
On July 1, Turning Technologies, the maker of BU’s audience-response system (clicker) software, will make a major change to its approach. The company will update us to TurningPoint Cloud, which is designed to make audience-response technology work better with mobile-phone apps (to make it less necessary to purchase standalone clickers). The TurningPoint software will not change; there will need to be an update, but it will run the same. The main change is that as of July 1, students and instructors will need to get Turning accounts (akin to Apple accounts), via the TurningPoint site. The site requires a “school code”, which will be assigned to us before July 1.
Please read TurningPoint’s official PDF announcement for more details.
CCUMC, the Consortium of College and University Media Centers, presents a webinar on copyright updates for the digital age on February 28, 2014 at 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. The workshop promises to:
- Give you a better understanding of Fair Use in terms of dealing with media
- Help you to become more empowered to interpret copyright law in order to be less risk-averse
- Increase your awareness of issues surrounding copyright in media
Panelists include Lindley Shedd, Media Services Coordinator at the University of Alabama; Jane Hutchison, Associate Director of Instruction & Research Technology at William Paterson University; and Anthony Helm, Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies at Dartmouth College. If you are interested, register here.
What is the first thing you think of when thinking about large lecture courses? A sea of lost faces? Students falling asleep, facebooking, texting or cheating on exams? Large lecture courses are sometimes treated as the neglected sibling or a “necessary evil” in higher education.
What if it were possible to make large lecture courses more engaging while maintaining a sustainable workload for faculty and staff members who run them? What lessons can we learn from MOOCs that might be applicable back at home on campus?
These questions are the topic of an event to be held December 9 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst by the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP). For more details, see nercomp.org/index.php?section=events&evtid=298
Want to learn more about using audience response systems in your classes – whether with traditional clickers or via mobile devices? Turning Technologies invites BU faculty and staff to a series of webinars from May 21st to 23rd, demonstrating several different aspects of these technologies. They have provided a flyer providing details on the webinars.
CEIT has now posted its list of Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks scheduled throughout the Spring 2013 semester. The talks are scheduled on various dates and times to make it possible for faculty to explore some talks whatever their schedule. Some scheduled talks with an emphasis on new technologies include:
Databases for non-majors (Jan. 10)
The top 5 things faculty need to know about Blackboard Learn (Jan. 10)
Read & Write Gold (Feb. 6)
Flipped classroom and Echo360 (Feb. 13)
Collaboration tools in Blackboard Learn (Feb. 20)
iPad applications in the classroom (Feb. 25)
Google Apps in your classroom (Feb. 25)
Increasing instructional interactivity with clickers (Mar. 19)
Virtual student exchanges (Apr. 3)
High-tech cheating (Apr. 3)
How to use ePortfolios (Apr. 5)
Making grading easier and more transparent with rubrics in Blackboard Learn (Apr. 11)
Dimensions of online courses and student perceptions (Apr. 17)